Ray Bradbury's View of Today
"There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury is a science fiction story. It was originally written in 1950. The protagonist of the story is an automated house that has survived a recent nuclear blast. The narrative revolves around the notion that though technology is considered to ease the day to day life of humans, it has culminated in the destruction of mankind.
The story is set in California in the year 2026 where the human population has been destroyed by a nuclear blast. The automated house in the story is quite similar to modern day smart houses. The extent of automation in the building reflects how the West had attained refined and sophisticated technology before eventually being destructed by a nuclear blast.
Although the inhabitants of the automated house seem to have been killed by the nuclear blast, the house keeps on with its daily exhaustive set of automatic chores and self-cleaning. Meanwhile, the family dog returns to the house. The dog, injured by the blast, is recognized by the security system and allowed into the house.
As the house catches fire by the end of the story, the anti-fire mechanics of the house are activated while the other automated chores continue. Eventually, the system gives in leading to total annihilation of the structure.
The author highlights that modern technology may survive the death of its maker however the power of nature has the capacity to eventually take over everything.
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